Wednesday, September 4, 2019

WILL HE or WON'T HE? McConnell says he’ll put a gun bill on the Senate floor, but ONLY if Trump gets behind it

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says he’ll bring up gun control in the Senate this fall if it has President Trump’s support, but that he’s not going to waste the chamber’s time on anything that doesn’t.
In a Tuesday interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show, McConnell said that the administration “is in the process of studying what they’re prepared to support, if anything” and he expects “to get an answer to that next week.”
“If the president is in favor of a number of things that he has discussed openly and publicly and I know that if we pass it, it will become law, I’ll put it on the floor,” the majority leader added.
During the interview, McConnell also explained that the need for presidential support was behind his decision to not bring up a background check bill passed by the Democrat-controlled House earlier this year.
“I said several weeks ago that if the president took a position on a bill, so that we knew we would actually be making a law and not just having serial votes, I’d be happy to put it on the floor,” McConnell told Hewitt.
During a local radio interview in August, the Kentucky senator said that “the key to this honestly is making a law, not making a point” when explaining that he wouldn’t be calling the Senate back early from recess to take up gun control.
What kind of gun control, if any, the White House might support remains unclear, as the president continues to mull his options. President Trump has seemed to back off of the idea of passing new background check laws in response to the weekend shooting in Odessa and Midland, Texas.
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